Disasters & Accidents

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Note: This story will be updated as new developments occur. 

Monday evening, the Eugene Police Department and EWEB responded to a vehicle crash on Willamette Street and 29th Avenue.  The EPD closed off a portion of Willamette Street where the incident occured while the area was cleared, and through the night utility crews worked to restore power for roughly 700 residents.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are expected to participate in an annual earthquake drill this Thursday.

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For all the talk of disaster preparedness these days, animal welfare advocates are reminding people that the family pet also deserves protection and care in the event of an incident.

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Relief agencies and local governments have been urging people more than usual to be well-equipped for any number of catastrophes.  AS KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s all part of National Preparedness Month.

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Nearly 70 cats have now been rescued from a beleaguered homestead near Veneta.

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The possible threats from a large earthquake, wildfire, or flood drew locals to the City of Eugene’s emergency preparedness fair at the Park Blocks today. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Communities around the country and here in Oregon gathered Wednesday on the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

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Efforts to help hundreds of cats on a homestead near Veneta just received a big assist from a national organization.

Willamette National Forest

Recent lightning storms have kept fire officials busy throughout the region.

Willamette National Forest

Following Thursday's storms, the Willamette National Forest reports about 40 new lightning-caused fires, all 1 acre or less.

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Earlier this month we reported on a homestead outside Veneta that was overrun with hundreds of cats. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, relief volunteers say it could take months to save as many felines as possible.

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A handful of people are doing what they can to keep an estimated 300-400 cats properly fed, hydrated, and healthy. Besides medical attention, the animals also need food and water. 

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Howard Buford Recreation Area, including the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and all surrounding trails, are closed to the public at least through Monday, following a wildfire last week that burned around 50 acres and saw hikers evacuated from the park.

Devon Ashbridge with Lane County says fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry – South Cascades continue to work in the park. Officials will be removing all heat and hazards caused by the fire before visitors are allowed to return to the park.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Fire crews responded to a fire Friday afternoon south of Cottage Grove that was visible from I-5 and resulted in a southbound lane closure at milepost 167.

A broken water main at the intersection of East Broadway and Hilyard Street in Eugene will severely restrict traffic movements at the intersection.

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Animal welfare advocates are trying to save hundreds of cats on a rural homestead in Lane County. 

Oregon Department of Forestry / ODF

People are being warned away from the Howard Buford Recreation Area – also known as Mount Pisgah - due to a wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

Bend Fire Department

On Friday afternoon, the Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a car on fire which was parked in a residential driveway.


Updated, Tuesday 6:30 A.M.: the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville is 65 percent contained as of Monday evening. It's burned more than 13,000 acres.

Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page

UPDATED 8/5/19, 6:30am: Fire officials report 55% containment.

Original story: The Milepost 97 Fire is now 50% contained. Crews continue to make progress along the fire’s edge, using both air and ground resources.

Alan McGuire-Dale

The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville, is now 45% contained due to favorable weather conditions and fire crews working around the clock. 

Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page

With hotter, drier weather arriving this weekend, fire crews in Douglas County are making progress on the Milepost 97 fire. The blaze is one mile south of Canyonville.

Douglas Fire Protective Association

The Milepost 97 fire, near Canyonville, has grown to more than 12,588 acres. As of Wednesday morning, it was 25% contained.

Milepost 97 Fire on Facebook

UPDATED 8:30 A.M. Tuesday: the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville has grown to more than 12,336 acres. As of Tuesday morning, it was 15 percent contained.

Kyle Reed / Douglas Forest Protective Association

Douglas County residents heard from fire officials battling the Milepost 97 fire at a community meeting at Glendale High School on Sunday night. Attendees were briefed on the progress that’s been made as well as the next plan of attack to bring the more than 11-thousand-acre blaze under control.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Strong winds, high temperatures, and low humidity contributed to another active day for the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville on Saturday.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Douglas County Sherriff's Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has upgraded the earlier evacuation orders from Level 1, "BE READY", to Level 2 "GET SET" evacuation notices for all residences on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83. This includes: 

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville continues to grow, and as of Saturday morning had burned just under 9,000 acres.


UPDATE: Please see below for additional evacuation notices issued Friday, July 26 at 8:35pm.

A fire outside Canyonville called the Milepost 97 Fire has now grown from 80 to 6,000 acres since the last official report.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

A fire that broke out Wednesday night one mile southeast of Canyonville has grown to approximately 80 acres.